Boker Tov (Good morning)!

Our B’nei Mitzvah Scholars continued their rich learning this week, also adding in a new component to their time spent at Or Zarua.

Member Lesley Palmer joined us during dinner to talk about the New York Common Pantry, an organization Or Zarua works closely with to help those suffering from hunger in New York City.  As a class, we discussed the meanings of tzedekah, literally meaning righteousness, but also taken to mean charity, and hesed, acts of goodness or loving-kindness.  We explored different things we could give as tzedakah – food, money, clothing, technology, books, games and much more.  This session was an introduction to a new endeavor that we will take with our B’nei Mitzvah Scholars this year, to engage in monthly hesed projects – making sandwiches for local pantries and shelters, sorting goods for donation, and more.  I’ll be sure to tell you in advance of the Mondays that we’ll be engaging in these projects, as all are welcome to join us.

And now, notes from Shani and Mark:

“Last week, we reviewed some of the history that surrounds the compilation of the Talmud, and talked about why it is important to maintain both an oral and written tradition. This week, as we move into the High Holy Day season and prepare for Rosh Hashanah, we will be reading stories from the Talmud, and reflecting on our goals for the new year.

“This week, our new students added numbers through 5 and classroom objects (paper, notebook, pen, pencil) to their vocabulary.  They also added a new grammatical sentence structure, for possession (I have, I don’t have).

Our returning students continued to expand upon their knowledge of greetings with an understanding of new questions and how to answer them (how are you, how do you feel, what’s happening).  We engaged in a review of numbers through 19, and expanded the knowledge of numbers to understanding of two forms of numbers, themasculine and feminine (all words in Hebrew are gendered) as numbers are adjectives. Students continue to make progress in reading and writing.


Shabbat Shalom,